What’s next for Downtown Bonham?

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- Debris from a fire which ripped through part of Downtown Bonham has been cleaned up, but not without some controversy.

Three months after buildings were reduced to rubble, the bricks, wood, and debris have finally been picked up, and the city can look towards the future to restore Downtown Bonham.

"We would like to have a building constructed there as soon as possible that would blend in with the downtown area, kind of an architectural rhythm to the downtown area," says Bonham city planner Mike Walthall.

The clean-up process hasn't come along without obstacles. Questions arose about how crews were disposing of the debris

"We were ready for that in anticipation for people calling, and rightfully so. If you don’t know and you're not informed, you need to find out the best you can why are they dumping this trash over here," says Walthall.

Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore says his office has received several phone calls in the past two weeks asking why fire debris is being dumped on an undisclosed piece of property out in the county.

Sheriff Moore says everything is perfectly legal. The property owner agreed to allow debris disposal there.

"I know for a fact that that’s the reason Mr. Carter who owns this property came to me anticipating someone complaining about someone dumping trash."

With the debris gone, now all Bonham city officials need to figure out is what they want to put here on this piece of property. They don’t know exactly what they want to put there yet, but they want the rest of the buildings to match the rest of the downtown area.

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